Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Metal Men and Iron Man in "Sheet Metal!"



I tried, mostly in vain, to get my nieces and nephews interested in comics.  I would give them whatever beat up copies or duplicates I had on hand and they gobbled them up but soon moved on to video games and the internet and more modern distractions.  The one title I remember my niece really liking was The Metal Men.  There is something about their simple designs and personalities that really appeal to kids.  I had heard that there was interest in bringing them to the movies and I hope that has not been abandoned - there could be some real potential there.

The Metal Men first crossed paths with Iron Man back in STF #362...

14 comments:

Cary Comic said...

The Roller Robot?! Lol! What issue of the original DC run is he from?

I'm mostly reminded of those electronic roller blades Shellhead used to resort to when his foot-jets couldn't get him off the ground.

Wolfhammer said...

Nice cover as usual. Get MACHINE MAN and G.I. ROBOT in there and we got a serious heavy metal party.

Anonymous said...

@ Wolfhammer: With KISS supplying the music? ;-D

Wolfhammer said...

@ Anonymous: I was thinking more of IRON Maiden.

A Mindful Webworker said...

Not a criticism, just an observation about the difficulty of what you do: Often, when you blend characters, they're just shown in the same scene, only interacting by implication (through the dialog, or Avengers inside a globe, Justice Society looking in, things like that.)

This one has some well-contrived interaction with Tin and Platinum (aren't they?) and Iron Man. Nice work. You have a Kirby tag - is that really his Iron Man? I would not have guessed.

I always liked the Metal Men, even though I thought I shouldn't, because they were kinda silly. :)

Got to wondering if you'd ever had the Metal Men meet Magnus - another offbeat comic I liked - and I see, of course, you did, back in 2012.

Ironically, I am clicking the "I'm not a robot" checkbox - heh.

Ross said...

On second look I think it's a Ditko Iron Man. I try to integrate the character's actions when I can but it isn't always possible without looking a bit clunky.

Cary Comic said...

@ Ross: most robots in comic book science fiction are clunky, by nature. LOL!

@ Wolfhammer: Good One!! :-)

Anonymous said...

Iron Maiden WITH Led Zeppelin. A gold album.

Or for a more classical soundtrack, the Anvil Chorus.

Cary Comic said...

@Anonymous: Solid!

Anonymous said...

Ross, have you ever had Mercury meet Quicksilver?

Anonymous said...

Just noticed the caption Sheet Metal!!!!

Anonymous said...

As in; "Sometimes, sheet metal happens."

Anonymous said...

No, it's a wonderful pun as the robot looks like it's made out of mangles.

Cary Killingbeck said...

Then, it might have been more appropriate to call it...The Mangler!

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